Mobile republic: Visual approaches to discourse in South African mobile social networks

Yesterday I presented some of my work on visualising mobile messaging discourse at ISEA2010 Ruhr. Here are the slides from my presentation:

Social distance in images from Flickr and Guguletu
Social distance in images from Flickr and Guguletu

Walton, Marion. 2010. Mobile republic: Visual approaches to discourse in South African mobile social networks. Paper to be presented at ISEA 2010, Ruhr, Germany in August. Prepublication draft

A new generation of South African Internet users network online via net-enabled phones. Despite limitations, mobile-centric internet allows connections with broader mediated publics. Mobile networking (both public and intimate) has the potential to reshape South African public discourse and change the social fabric, but social and economic divisions mean that mobile social interactions are currently almost entirely digitally invisible. Visualisations of social networks and the mobile Internet are presented to suggest some of the mediated conversations and networking taking place in the social networks of the majority.

Prepublication draft

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